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2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews




Learn More About the 2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Through its Reviews.



2017

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is well-packed, offering the vivid plum, boysenberry, cassis, and açaí berry fruit profile of the vintage, along with a dark edge of tar, baker’s chocolate, and salted licorice that courses underneath. The long finish lets the fruit play out, keeping singed alder and chai spice hints in the background. Smolderingly seductive.”



97 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“The straight 2017 Vintage Port is stunning stuff. It packs serious power and richness while staying beautifully polished and, dare I say, elegant. Notes of crème de cassis and liquid blackberries define the attack, but it offers an incredibly layered, nuanced, complex style in its notes of herbes de Provence, violets, spicy wood, licorice, and Asian spice aromas and flavors. While it’s no doubt a full-bodied Port, it stands out just as much for its incredible polish, balance, and purity. This a brilliant effort is more approachable than the Nacional bottling yet is nevertheless going to evolve for 50-60 years or more on its flawless balance.”



97 Pointz James Suckling


“Big grip in this wine with dark blackberries, blueberries, and floral notes. Fine tannins. Ripe but sweet and pretty. Shows a lovely finish. Try after 2027.”



97Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, and Sousão, aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. This was bottled in May 2019, about a month before tasting, but I made sure at least some of it had a lot of air. Aromatic, wonderfully fragrant, and laced with eucalyptus, this then shows typical Noval focus and power. A couple of hours in a glass simply increased the power. More intense than the very fine 2016, it grips the palate and shows rather significant astringency. As wonderfully aromatic as this is, there the 2016 might have the edge. Too closed and muscular once past the aromatics, this rather dry Port needs some time. It is harder to read than the 2016 was, but this should overtake it in time. Have some patience with this one.”



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port was picked from August 21 to September 28 under perfect conditions. It has a tightly wound bouquet that requires a lot of aeration. Eventually, it reveals fabulous, detailed aromas of cassis, bilberry jam, crushed stone, and pressed violets, later hints of orange blossom and quince. The palate is pure class. Saturated tannins, wonderful structure but the headline is the intensity of fruit. I cannot remember a Noval with this penetration, almost overwhelming the senses as layers of effervescent black plum and cassis fruit segue into a spicy finish that fans out like there is no tomorrow. Is this the best Quinta do Noval ever?”



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This is a solid wine with dark tannins and a definitely dry character that will allow it to age well. Its power and its density are impressive, with rich black currant flavors backing up the tannins. Drink from 2030.”



93 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Vintage Jet black, this shows the arid vintage in its desert-rose scents and in the umami savor of tiny dried black currants. There’s black-cherry density inside the concentrated tannins, which need a decade to begin to relax.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



96 Pointz Decanter


“Noval spills over into two valleys from Pinhão to Roncão which contribute two very different terroirs to the blend, though both predominantly south-facing. It displays heady Douro aromas of open, ripe, plummy fruit with a touch of dust and eucalypt, wild and aromatic. The palate is dense, smooth,, and seductive on the palate with firm, schistous tannins rising on to a fresh, linear finish. Beautifully defined and integrated. Just 3,500 cases declared. Drinking Window 2035 - 2060.”



17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Black core with narrow purple rim. Beautifully scented with bergamot, very ripe black fruit, and wild herbs. A savoury character, almost an umami note, adding complexity to the rich, spicy black fruit. Firm, dense, compact, and all furled up on itself, with depth and richness but no excess weight. The impressive integration of the flavours means it is hard to describe the components separately. Fills the mouth and finishes long and chewy, with just enough freshness to balance.”


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